Harlaston Women’s Institute
President: Claire Butterfield
Secretary: Rita Beardsmore
Treasurer: Jenny Evans
Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:30PM and visitors are always welcome. Meetings usually take place in Harlaston Village Hall
On Monday 9th November we are welcoming back Ian Rogerson, a very entertaining gentleman. Last visit he said "Smile please - say cheese". This time his words are "let's talk turkey" with various ideas!! He promises the evening will end with a tasty treat. Tea hostesses are Cora and Sonia.
On Saturday 14th November we are holding our craft day, when members and friends will be displaying various crafts of all kinds. Coffee will be served at 10.30am and a ploughman's lunch later.
All this for just £5.00
Contact Mary 383308 or Claire 383853 if you would like to join us.
On Monday 14th September A quiz was held for members and their partners, The winning team was Marje Mountford, Ian Van Arkadie, Josie Dale and Isabel Grove. The losing team consisted of John Best, Peter Hill, Michael Grove and Rita Hill.(-Must try harder!)
Refreshments were provided on a bring and share basis and to celebrate 100 years of the WI a cake was cut up and eaten.
Happy birthday was sung to Nora Mason who was celebrating her 90th birthday.
On Monday 12th October a WI meeting in Harlaston Village Hall , Sarah was demonstrating her bead work, along with audience participation.
Our meeting on 9th March was the A.G.M. when we welcomed Christine Richards to help with the proceedings.
Matters arising included the date for our Spud and Pud evening as Friday May 21st. The tickets for this will be available at the April meeting.
We had received a letter of thanks from St Giles Hospice for once again providing cakes.
Members were reminded to give Mary or Cora their envelopes if they wished to Enter the Denman Dip at the
Autumn Council Meeting.
Our Trip to Highgrove is now confirmed for 20th August with a cut off date as the end of June. A show of hands re interest was overwhelming! The coach has been booked anyone interested should phone 01827 383980 or contact Jane.
Jenny gave the financial statement which was adopted by Josie and seconded by Chris.
As Mary was ill Sheila gave the Secretary's report which was adopted and seconded by Edna and Jane.
Jane gave the Presidents report which was adopted and seconded by Rita and Cora.
Christine Richards then took proceedings and the committee was voted enbloc.
Edna has agreed to help with the Savings Club. After the vote for President we were pleased that Jane will continue in this roll.
A lovely bring and share supper was served and the meeting closed at 9.55.p.m.
Our next meeting will be at HARLASTON VILLAGE HALL on Tuesday 13th April 7.30.p.m. when Alan Lewis will be telling us about the "Legacy of the Royal Oak and Charles II." Plenty of free parking space and a warm welcome to visitors.
Members were happy that this month we didn't have to struggle through snow to meet for our February meeting at Edingale School.
Mary read the January minutes and matters arising were:
Jane then introduced our speaker, John Brinkley who took us on a journey entitled "some like it hot" and using beautiful photos and music he took us to Acapulco - known as the pearl of the pacific - then on to New York in the Summer, Tunisia and Mykonos a real Greek treat. His finale was the fields of beautiful poppies which appear at our local Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas - what a lovely sight.
Patricia Pitt, gave the vote of thanks, donned in sun hat and sun glasses inkeeping with the theme "some like it hot."
Our next meeting is at Edingale School 7.30.p.m. on March 9th - we'd very much like to see you there.